HHMI News | September 22nd, 2016

Diana Bautista selected as a 2016 HHMI, Simons Foundation, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Faculty Scholar

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced the selection of 84 Faculty Scholars, early-career scientists who have great potential to make unique contributions to their field. The scientists represent 43 institutions across the United States. “We are very excited to welcome these accomplished scientists […]

Berkeley News | September 21st, 2016

UC Berkeley to partner in $600M Chan Zuckerberg science ‘Biohub’

UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Stanford University will join forces in a new medical science research center funded by a $600 million commitment from Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician Priscilla Chan. The San Francisco-based Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, an independent collaboration between the Bay Area’s three premier research universities, is the first […]

Berkeley News | September 19th, 2016

Brain’s hippocampus helps fill in the blanks of language

A new study shows that when you finish your spouse’s sentences or answer a fill-in-the-blank question, you’re engaging the brain’s relay station for memories, an area that until now was largely neglected by scientists studying language. It seems obvious that speaking and understanding language draw upon our memories – of words, context, people, etc. – […]

The Washington Post | September 14th, 2016

Meet the scientist who dreams of fixing your sleep

In the age of the quantified self, products that promise to track your habits and fix your behavior are a dime a dozen. Find out how much you walk; do that more. Find out how much junk you eat; do that less. Correct your posture in real time, and get feedback as you strengthen your pelvic floor […]

Berkeley News | September 8th, 2016

Can some types of fat protect us from brain disease?

An intriguing finding in nematode worms suggests that having a little bit of extra fat may help reduce the risk of developing some neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. What these illnesses have in common is that they’re caused by abnormal proteins that accummulate in or between brain cells to form plaques, […]

Berkeley News | August 29th, 2016

UC Berkeley launches Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence

UC Berkeley artificial intelligence (AI) expert Stuart Russell will lead a new Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence, launched this week. Russell, a UC Berkeley professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences and the Smith-Zadeh Professor in Engineering, is co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, which is considered the standard text in the field of artificial […]

PBS NewsHour | August 12th, 2016

Inside the extraordinary nose of a search-and-rescue dog

The blizzard arrived in Alpine Meadows without warning. Hours earlier, before a half moon rose over this California resort town near Lake Tahoe, an uncle and his teenage nephew had been separated from their hunting party. Authorities called veteran rescue dog handler Shay Cook, who rushed to the mountain site with her dog Rixi, never […]

Newsweek | August 5th, 2016

ELECTRONIC ‘NEURAL DUST’ COULD MONITOR YOUR BRAIN

Wireless sensors that can be implanted in a person’s body to control robotic devices have been developed by researchers hoping to transform brain-to-computer interfaces. Scientists at the University of Berkeley, California, built the so-called “neural dust” device and tested its functionality in the muscles and peripheral nerves of rats. “I think the long-term prospects for […]

The Washington Post | August 4th, 2016

Engineers implanted tiny sensors in rats’ nerves and muscles. Are humans next?

Sensors the size of a grain of sand could one day explain what’s happening in your body from the inside out. Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, implanted wireless sensors measuring just one millimeter cubed  in the muscles and nerves of lab rats, then used ultrasound waves to extract information from them about how well […]

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